Grandville takes state softball title

By JOHN VRANCIC

For The Daily News

ESCANABA – The Grandville Minor Girls’ (age 9-10) Little League All-Stars withstood a major challenge Thursday, earning the state softball title with a 7-3 victory over Jackson Northwest.

Grandville appeared to be in control in the third inning when it scored twice for a 4-0 advantage.

Jackson, however, had different ideas.

Northwest got a pair of runs back in the fourth, taking advantage of Grandville’s lone error and Morgan Neitzke’s infield RBI single.

The Jackson area squad then trimmed its deficit to 4-3 in the fifth on Megan Swartz’s infield single.

“That’s just part of the game,” said Grandville manager Heidi Hardin. “They (Northwest) played an excellent game.”